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Should Kansas reduce the speed limit from 70 mph to 65 mph to help the environment?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
68%
Yes.
 
28%
Unsure.
 
2%
Total 1345
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12:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Xan Wedel received a return-to-sender letter on Friday that was sent by Gertrude Gilmore, a previous resident of Wedel's home at 700 Ohio. The letter had been mailed in 1948. Wedel is considering framing the letter, which mentions events both personal and historic, such as Harry S. Truman's presidential victory. Letter from the 1940s lands in local mailbox - 60 years after sent
July 28, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A letter that a Lawrence woman received last week gives new meaning to “It got lost in the mail.” Xan Wedel opened her mailbox Friday and found a letter postmarked Nov. 11, 1948. It was sent from her home at 700 Ohio that year by Gertrude Gilmore, who lived there at the time.
6:00 a.m.
Members of the Lock family of Lawrence listen to some tips from visual arts judge Bar Reser on Monday as the two siblings entered some artwork at the Douglas County Fair. From left are Stephanie Lock, her son Jimmy, 7, and daughter Alexis, 8. The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds, near 21st and Harper streets. Judges savor a taste of the fair
July 29, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Towering cakes, sugar-topped breads and other delectable treats tempted the taste buds of judges and entrants Monday at the Douglas County Fair. On the ninth day of the fair, food took center stage, as home-baked goods and crops were judged, alongside arts and crafts.
10:00 a.m.
The new Anderson Family Football Complex at Kivisto Field is shown between two new football practice fields and Memorial Stadium. KU: Donor on schedule with $12M for athletics
July 29, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Tom Kivisto may be out as CEO of what had been one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, but he’s still part of Kansas Athletics Inc. And he’s still current on his payments for a $12 million pledge he’s made to improve football facilities on campus.
3:00 p.m.
John Hadl is honored with a framed Lawrence High School jersey at a ceremony Monday at Alvamar Country Club. The former NFL, KU and LHS football standout had his number retired by Lawrence High School. Larry Hatfield, a teammate of Hadl's in the LHS class of '58, is in the background at right. Hadl honored to have jersey retired by LHS
July 29, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Surrounded by auction items signed by Joe Montana, Bobby Douglass, Tom Brady and Lance Alworth, Lawrence football legend John Hadl earned an honor none of those players can claim: a retired Lawrence High jersey. More than 100 friends, teammates, coaches and fans gathered Monday at Alvamar Country Club to honor Hadl as his No. 21 jersey was retired.

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Tuesday, July 29 weather at 10 p.m.
July 29, 2008
The forecast for Wednesday, July 30 calls for a high of 83 and a low around 70.
Raiders hold end of year banquet
July 29, 2008
Tonight at the American Legion Building the Lawrence Raiders spent some time looking back on their season for their annual end of year banquet.
Injured driver’s condition improving
July 29, 2008
The condition of the driver involved in yesterday’s rollover accident outside of Tonganoxie is improving at this hour.
As leases end, moving rush begins
July 29, 2008
With the end of the month coming quickly, students with lease ending in July only have a few days to get out and move on.
Friendly Smiles plans possible expansion
July 29, 2008
A non-profit organization providing dental care to children sets its sights on expanding this year.
Register of Deeds office to close for two hours on Thursday
July 29, 2008
The Douglas County Register of Deeds office will close from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday so staff members can attend funeral services for a former co-worker.
PetFit tour to stop Wednesday in Topeka
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A6
The PetFit Tour will be stopping in Topeka to educate owners about how to keep their pets in shape.
Rockets, recycling on display at Douglas County Fair
4-H members show off innovations
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
Innovation was the key Tuesday at the Douglas County Fair.From lamps to clocks, rockets and bike racks, local 4-H club members showed judges at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds how to create something out of nothing.
T. Boone Pickens bringing his energy message to Topeka
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is bringing his crusade to break the country’s addiction to foreign oil to the heart of the wind belt. Pickens will hold a town hall meeting at Heritage Hall at 4 p.m. today in Topeka to talk about his plan to decrease oil imports and increase wind energy and the use of natural gas.
Vandalism at Van Go Mobile Arts causes $10,000 in damage, police say
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
About $10,000 in vandalism was reported at Van Go Mobile Arts Inc., an arts-based social service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job-training programs to high-needs and under-served youth. The vandalism occurred between 2 p.m. July 20 and 8 a.m. July 21, police said.
Appeals court frustrated by legal conflicts in Cork and Barrel case
12:42 p.m., July 29, 2008 Updated 12:09 a.m. in print edition on A1
The state on Tuesday urged an appellate court to uphold a ruling to revoke the liquor licenses of Dan and Jill Blomgren, who own Cork and Barrel stores in Lawrence. But attorneys for the Blomgrens said the couple have been caught in an undeserved legal and bureaucratic morass that threatens their livelihood.
Prosecution points to suspect’s inconsistencies in case of jeweler’s homicide
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
A prosecutor said Allen Dale Smith’s own statements led detectives to focus on him as a key suspect in an April 2005 homicide near Lecompton.
City begins installing speed cushions on Lawrence Avenue
July 29, 2008
The City of Lawrence is scheduled to begin work Tuesday on one of two traffic-calming projects this summer.
Today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days workout
July 29, 2008
Here is the workout for today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days at noon and 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Hadl honored to have jersey retired by LHS
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Surrounded by auction items signed by Joe Montana, Bobby Douglass, Tom Brady and Lance Alworth, Lawrence football legend John Hadl earned an honor none of those players can claim: a retired Lawrence High jersey. More than 100 friends, teammates, coaches and fans gathered Monday at Alvamar Country Club to honor Hadl as his No. 21 jersey was retired.
KU: Donor on schedule with $12M for athletics
Tom Kivisto’s job loss hasn’t affected pledge to university
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Tom Kivisto may be out as CEO of what had been one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, but he’s still part of Kansas Athletics Inc. And he’s still current on his payments for a $12 million pledge he’s made to improve football facilities on campus.
Harsh words are taken to heart
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
When John McCain’s campaign co-chairman and top economic adviser, Phil Gramm, said that Americans were suffering from a “mental recession,” I got hopping mad.
Sky isn’t falling
Kansas University officials should make sure they have their facts straight before stirring up a panic over budget cuts.
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Chicken Little approach may not be the best strategy for attracting additional funding for Kansas University.
Lawrence comes up short for TitleTown
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
A national basketball championship and an Orange Bowl victory weren’t enough to secure ESPN’s TitleTown honors for Lawrence.
Pump patrol
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Gas prices as low as $3.69 were found at Phillips 66, Sixth Street and Schwarz Road. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Technology puts squeeze on produce to kill germs
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C8
Could food producers literally squeeze the salmonella out of a jalapeno? Or zap the E. coli from lettuce without it going limp?
On the record
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 41-year-old Lawrence man reported $1,150 of criminal damage to items at a residence in the 1700 block of East 15th Street on Saturday.
Food ads target kids
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
The nation’s largest food and beverage companies spent about $1.6 billion in 2006 marketing their products - especially carbonated drinks - to children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report.
Guillen, Gordon lead K.C.
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Jose Guillen hit his first home run in more than a month and Alex Gordon also had a two-run homer to help Zack Greinke to his first win in July, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-2, on Monday night.
Commentary: White Sox exceeding expectations
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Chicago White Sox went from 99-63 and an 11-1 run through the postseason in 2005 to 90-72 and a third-place finish in the American League Central in 2006. The dropoff was followed by last season’s collapse to 72-90 and a fourth-place finish.
Businesses owe $58B in withheld payroll taxes
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
More than a million and a half businesses owe the government about $58 billion in taxes they were supposed to withhold from employees’ paychecks but never forwarded to the IRS, congressional investigators said in a report made public Monday.
Bush OKs execution of Army private
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush on Monday approved the execution of an Army private, the first time in more than a half-century that a president has affirmed a death sentence for a member of the U.S. military.
Rodgers staying out of soap opera
Packers open camp, ready for life after Favre
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
With the Brett Favre standoff still simmering, Aaron Rodgers took his place Monday as the Packers’ new starting quarterback.
These stay-healthy superfoods deserve place in your kitchen
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
What if keeping a widely stocked kitchen meant you’d have to worry less about what’s in your medicine cabinet? Even though there are no “magic” foods that can take the place of say, aspirin or a decongestant, eating well can protect against a surprising number of ailments.
Douglas County Fair fun kicks into high gear this week
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
With entries judged and some preliminary events under its belt, the Douglas County Fair kicks off in earnest Wednesday. Whether it’s carnival rides, animals or other entertainment you’re after, the fair provides a family atmosphere - even if it is a bit warm out.
Jobless benefits extended for Kansans
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
The state Department of Labor says forms are going out soon to some 70,000 unemployed Kansans who qualify for extended benefits.
US budget deficit zooming to half-trillion as Bush leaves
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
The government’s budget deficit will surge past a half-trillion dollars next year, according to gloomy new estimates, a record flood of red ink that promises to force the winner of the presidential race to dramatically alter his economic agenda.
Commodities
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture future traded mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Gonzalez feeling refreshed
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
The reality set in for Tony Gonzalez long ago. He has stopped worrying his achievements will be overlooked if he never plays in the Super Bowl. It’s hard to ignore what the Kansas City Chiefs tight end has already accomplished.
Church’s liberal views cited in shootings
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire at a Unitarian church, killing two people, left behind a note suggesting that he targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal policies, including its acceptance of gays, authorities in Knoxville said Monday.
Japanese energy drink has eel power
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
It’s the hottest time of the year in Japan, and that means it’s eel season. So, bottom’s up!
Trial set to begin in murder, burglary case
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today in the murder trial of a 36-year-old Topeka man, who is accused of shooting a retired jeweler in his rural Lecompton home in 2005.
Columnist Novak has brain tumor
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Conservative political commentator Robert Novak announced Monday he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, less than a week after he struck a pedestrian with his Corvette and drove on.
Somalis change face of Iowa town
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C8
Scores of Somali immigrants are taking jobs at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, replacing Hispanic workers arrested in a huge immigration raid and forcing a remote Iowa town to make another cultural shift.
Fatal overdoses at home soar
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Deaths from medication mistakes at home, like actor Heath Ledger’s accidental overdose, rose dramatically during the past two decades, an analysis of U.S. death certificates finds.
History program a real knockout
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
Just a spoonful of ultraviolence makes the paleontology go down. Over the past few years, I have chastised History, once one of my favorite channels, for confusing history with the search for UFOs, the scribbling of Nostradamus and a show about guys driving over frozen lakes and rivers.
Judges savor a taste of the fair
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Towering cakes, sugar-topped breads and other delectable treats tempted the taste buds of judges and entrants Monday at the Douglas County Fair. On the ninth day of the fair, food took center stage, as home-baked goods and crops were judged, alongside arts and crafts.
Horoscopes
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
Your fire and drive bring kudos. Focus and concentration need to team up as well. Meetings, crowds and people prove to be lucky this year. Think in terms of growth and new dimensions.
Ryun calls Jenkins’ mailer ‘misleading’
Votes on congressional pay increase, soldier bonuses are criticized
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Republican 2nd Congressional District race heated up Monday as Lynn Jenkins accused Jim Ryun of voting himself pay raises in Congress while rejecting a bonus for soldiers in combat.
KU to host open house
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
An open house for the public to tour the Anderson Family Football Complex, the new football facility, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The tour will include the locker room, the strength and conditioning area and the training room.
Judge upholds abortion law
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Sedgwick County judge ruled Monday that the Kansas abortion statute is constitutional, denying a defense motion to dismiss a criminal case brought against one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers.
Can it get any better?
Pinkel, Prince say every team will be improved
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
12-1. 12-2. In the final 2007 records of the Kansas University and Missouri University football teams, the Big 12 North had the conference’s two best overall marks and, at 7-1, the two best league marks, as well. Evidently, that was nothing compared with what North Division teams expect to see during 2008.
Find a carpool partner coming to or leaving from Lawrence
July 29, 2008
With gas prices as high as they are, lots of people are looking for someone to share their car ride with.
Car-bike battle
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: In the battle between bikes and cars, it seems there is a lot of deep-seated hatred that seems to fly back and forth, to which I would like to respond, really? It has gotten to the point that I think people forgot about the happy medium.
Blood supplies
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: This letter is in regard to the article concerning this week’s American Red Cross blood drive at the First Christian Church. While the American Red Cross is an extremely recognizable and well-respected organization, there exist a number of important facts of which residents of Lawrence and surrounding communities may be unaware.
Indiana guard transfers
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Indiana guard Jordan Crawford has accepted a scholarship from Xavier, making him the second Hoosiers recruit to join the Musketeers in the last three months.
Florida ranked top party school
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
The University of Florida can raise a glass to another national title - best party school in the country. The Gators, known for wild celebrations following national championships in football and basketball, wrested the party title away from West Virginia University and beat out the University of Mississippi and Penn State University in the Princeton Review survey of 120,000 students released Monday.
Baby-talking the elderly is condescending, not caring
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Using a high-pitched voice, a nursing home worker might say something like this to a resident: “OK honey, it’s time for our bath.” That would be considered elderspeak or baby talk, and it’s a no-no.
Female suicide attackers kill 57 in two Iraq cities
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A6
Suicide bombers, including at least three women, struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and Kurdish protesters in the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 57 people - a brutal reminder that mass gatherings remain vulnerable despite vast improvements in security.
The SHED strategy
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
If you want to, need to or are being forced to make a big life change, it’s probably a good time to SHED, as identified by Julie Morgenstern in “When Organizing Isn’t Enough.” This four-step “clean-up” program helps you release attachments to obsolete items and time-wasting habits.
Report cites illegal Justice hirings
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A6
For nearly two years, a young political aide sought to cultivate a “farm system” for Republicans at the Justice Department, hiring scores of prosecutors and immigration judges who espoused conservative priorities and Christian lifestyle choices.
Ex-KU assistant enjoys first year
Illinois State’s Jankovich scouting Kansas AAU tourney
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
The coaches of the Missouri Valley Conference didn’t know what to expect of Illinois State under a new head coach last season, picking the men’s basketball team to finish fifth in the league. Tim Jankovich didn’t know what to expect of his Redbirds squad either.
On guard: Plenty of lessons afoot for Lawrence lifeguards
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
Most people forget they’re watching. Oblivious to their presence, excited children slither down slides and plunge into the water. Forgetting they have an audience, eager teenagers spring from diving boards, twist their bodies into pretzel shapes and lunge toward the pool’s bottom. Unaware they’re being eyed, blithe tweens creep from the shallow to the deep end, their heads dipping in and out of the water as they go.
Road on Clinton Dam to be repaved
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Nearly a decade after rebuilding the road atop the dam at Clinton Lake, the two-lane surface is about to get an upgrade. The road is scheduled to be closed for two days - this Friday and the following Friday, Aug. 8 - for $212,000 in paving work.
People in the news
July 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Romijn, O’Connell expecting twins¢ Karaoke to mark Elvis anniversary¢ Winehouse treated for reaction to meds¢ Mario Lopez replaces hosts on ‘Extra’¢ Grammer hospitalized after feeling faint¢ Five Emmy hosts are also nominees
Cuba tourism may hurt Mexico
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
For years, I have thought that Mexico and most Caribbean countries want Cuba to remain a dictatorship subject to U.S. travel sanctions for as long as possible, because an eventual opening of U.S. travel to Cuba would badly hurt their own tourism industries.
Pickens’ energy plan worth considering
July 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
An inept, polarized Congress appears incapable of passing significant energy legislation this year despite the powerful political incentive provided by $4 gasoline.
Double Take: Stepson struggling with biological mother’s problems
July 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes and Julia: My husband shares custody with his ex on their son. I’m not a new stepmom. I’ve been in our son’s life for 12 years. Our son has mental health issues that would be hard to handle in a stable situation. Things his mother is choosing to do with her life are impacting him over and over.